EDISON — Middlesex County College hosted a night of baseball literature this week as four authors gathered to discuss their work. About 50 members of the community – mostly baseball fans – heard each speak on their area of expertise and then answer questions from the audience. In addition, one Edison resident, Moe Resner, showed a DVD he created that included footage he shot on the last day the New York Giants played in the Polo Grounds in September of 1957.
The authors included Dr. Lawrence Hogan, senior professor of history at Union County College and the nation’s foremost historical expert on African American baseball leagues before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. He was principal author of “Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball,” and he has written “The Forgotten History of America’s Negro Leagues,” which will be published this summer. Dr. Rubil Morales, professor of history at Bergen Community College, wrote the book “Farewell to the Last Golden Era: The Yankees, the Pirates and the 1960 Baseball Season.” He is also author of the soon-to-be-published “New York Versus New York 1962: The Birth of the Yankees-Mets Rivalry.” Gene Racz and Frank Russo authored the book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown,” brief stories of how numerous baseball players lived and died and where they are buried. The group chatted before the presentation. From left, Resner, Dr. Hogan, Racz, Russo and Dr. Morales. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County College)
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